RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication)

What is RSS?

Original source of text: BBC NEWS | Help | RSS | RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
In a world heaving under the weight of billions of web pages, keeping up to date with the information you want can be a drag.

Wouldn't it be better to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you, rather than clicking from site to site? Well now you can, thanks to a very clever service, RSS.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but the majority plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. Put plainly, it allows you to identify the content you like and have it delivered directly to you.

It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.

Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity and many others, including the many other blogs, BBC News and CNN do provide it.

How do I start using RSS feeds?
Read on or watch the wonderful video at RSS in Plain English

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. All allow you to display and subscribe to the RSS feeds you want.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want. For this blog you will notice an orange button on the left hand side (get your own at

If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, have functionality which automatically picks up RSS feeds for you. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a News Reader?
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to take this into account when you make your choice.

Mac OS X
Other News Readers (GOOGLE)

Using MiramarMike Blog RSS feeds on your site
I encourage the use of this blogs RSS feeds as part of a website.

Please note:
  • I do require that the proper format and attribution is used when MiramarMike blog content appears.
    The attribution text should read "MiramarMike blog" or "From MiramarMike blog" as appropriate.
  • I reserve the right to prevent the distribution of MiramarMike content.
  • I do not accept any liability for this RSS feed.


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